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At the conference Lynda Rooke described the BBC licence fee as “probably the most important motion we have been debating”

A new campaign is to be launched which aims to protect the BBC licence fee and the Corporation’s public ownership. The campaign, which was passed...
Ben Stephenson. Photo: Emilie Sandy/BBC

BBC head of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson has warned that cutting the licence fee will result in less drama and fewer acting jobs. He...
Connor Scott. Photo: Sarah Ward/BBC Pictures

Contemporary dancer Connor Scott has been announced as the first winner of the BBC Young Dancer competition. Scott, 17, beat off competition from five other...

Polly Hill is to replace Ben Stephenson as controller of BBC drama commissioning. In her current role as head of independent drama at the BBC,...
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Mark Ravenhill consistently identifies malignancies in society: consumerism, warped parenting, Hollywood’s – and, by osmosis, our – trite take on terrorism. Now he does...
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If you google the Globe Theatre fire of 1613, some sites offer a link to discounted fire extinguishers. Unhappily for the voluble playgoers of...

Growing up, after the separation of her parents, in the home of her painter and illustrator grandfather, Warwick William Lendon (a one-time pupil of...
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Prostitution may arguably be the oldest profession, but dramatists have been writing about it for almost as long. Alana Valentine’s play, set in Sydney’s...
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon launches her party's manifesto. Photo: Peter McNally

The Scottish National Party’s newly launched general election manifesto includes promises to retain the BBC’s licence fee, increase investment through BBC Scotland and devolve...
David Tennant in Richard II at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 2013

David Tennant will host a live broadcast on BBC2 next year to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. A collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare...
Battersea Arts Centre. Photo: Morely von Sternberg

Battersea Arts Centre is to commission four new pieces of 30-minute theatre to be broadcast live on BBC4. The series – currently named Live from...
Ben Stephenson. Photo: Ed Miller/BBC

BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson is stepping down after seven years in the post. Stephenson will join Bad Robot Productions, the American production...
BBC2 crime thriller The Fall has been re-commissioned for a third series

The BBC has announced a £2.2 million annual deal with Northern Ireland Screen to boost programming in the region. The partnership will see the Corporation...
Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Honourable Woman. Photo: BBC

Sky Atlantic drama Penny Dreadful and BBC’s The Honourable Woman lead this year’s nominations for the British Academy Television Craft Awards. Happy Valley’s Sally Wainwright,...

A leading BBC casting director has criticised the lack of diversity at UK drama schools, claiming her most difficult job is sourcing white working...

If the first of Pinter’s unmade screenplays, Victory, translates to radio in a tropical ferment, like a Gaugin turned sinister, this second premiere has...

The days of the television licence fee are numbered and some BBC programmes are likely to be available only through subscription channels in the...

Almeida Theatre artistic director Rupert Goold will be part of a panel quizzed about the state of the arts for a special one-off edition...